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Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes

In high school, I struggled to write clear, concise prose. My command of structure was minimal, and I didn’t make effective use of sources to inform my analysis. I also had difficulty differentiating between summary and analysis, much to ...

5 Tough Tips for Surviving (and Triumphing Over) Really Rotten Book Reviews

Negative reviews of your work can cut deep. Author Pamela Jane offers five proactive measures you can take to stay strong and move forward when dealing with bad book reviews. You know the feeling—the shock, the shattering pain, the sick s...

The Editor Behind the Curtain: Inside the Publishing Process

For first-time authors, the publishing process is often shrouded in mystery. An expert shares an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes—and how to leverage it for future success. Whether you’re currently writing a book, querying ...

4 Essential Steps to Making Your Protagonist Real, Even When They’re Nothing Like You

Writing your protagonist always requires deep thought and consideration, but crafting believable, realistic protagonists who are nothing like you presents unique challenges. Author Donna Levin offers four essential tips to help you work thr...

4 Ways To Focus While Facing Distractions

Hey! You! Yes, you! Are you able to focus on ANYTHING anymore? Are you even still reading this sentence? Bananas. Rocket ships made of bananas. Rocket ships made of bananas delivering bananas to a planet where everyone is a sentient banana....

Is Your Feedback Really Effective? – This Google Docs Add-on Will Tell You

Anyone who has ever spent a Sunday afternoon grading essay after essay has at some point wondered, “did anyone listen when I explained homophones?” This usually happened to me around the 27th essay of the day. It’s at about that point...

How Are You Getting Assessed?

When I was in high school, I usually lost my course syllabus during the first two weeks of class. Sometimes I just recycled it the minute the first class was dismissed. I didn’t need it. The teacher was going to remind us about upcoming t...

When Writing Fiction Can Help Us Understand Reality

Author Reyna Marder Gentin discusses how writing fiction helped her gain a new perspective on her personal life. It’s an oft-quoted adage: “Write what you know.” So it comes as no surprise that first novels are often largely autobiogr...

Immersive Idea Generation: Going on a Story Field Trip

Ahead of NaNoWriMo and the WD Novel Writing Conference (Oct. 26-28), Grant Faulkner shares a great technique for gathering excellent details for your story: a “story field trip”—an imaginative scavenger hunt to gather details, sensory...

Three Weeks into Third Year

October 13, 2018, by Lucy Three Weeks into Third Year Somehow, I have managed to complete full two weeks of uni *pats myself on the back*. If we were being technical, I actually done three, because you know, Welcome Week and all that *gives...

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